THE CONGRESS: Creaky & Cranky

"I never did cease to wonder that the U.S. is governed at all."

So joshed owlish Herbert Morrison, veteran of 14 years in the party-conscious British House of Commons, to an American friend last week. Parliamentarian Morrison, visiting Washington on a special mission (see Food), might well wonder. His arrival coincided with a sorry spectacle on Capitol Hill.

Congress had hopelessly botched the draft law (see Army & Navy). The bill to extend OPA before June 30 still floundered in a Senate committee. Competing committees wrangled over Army-Navy merger. Action had been completed on only five of 13 major appropriation bills.

The fate...

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